low dose aspirin

the author of a short guide to a long life suggest taking baby aspirin (i.e. 81mg, or low-dose) daily.

from [1]: Aspirin prevents blood clots from forming in your arteries. Aspirin may reduce your chance of having a heart attack or a stroke if you have coronary artery disease or certain risk factors, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or smoking.

from [2]: Things get murky, however, when it comes to preventing a first-time heart attack, or any other disease — what doctors call “primary prevention.” It’s still unclear which people stand to gain a benefit that will outweigh the risks of aspirin — namely, ulcers, stomach bleeding, or even bleeding in the brain. For women younger than 65, researchers found taking low-dose aspirin for years lowered the risks of heart attack, stroke and colon cancer by a small amount. But they also found that the benefit was countered by an increase in the risk of major gastrointestinal bleeding — serious enough to land a woman in the hospital.

from [3]: there are two pictures shows ratios of pros and cons. if u already had cardiovascular disease, benefits significantly outweight risks. otherwise not.

from [4]: Daily low-dose aspirin didn’t reduce the elevated cardiovascular and stroke risk for older adults with diabetes, hypertension, or high cholesterol, according to a large Japanese trial.

from [5]: The FDA issued a message to consumers stating that the evidence does not support the “general” use of aspirin for the primary prevention of heart attacks and strokes.

from [1]:
People who have certain health problems shouldn’t take aspirin. These include people who:

  1. Have a stomach ulcer.
  2. Have recently had a stroke caused by bleeding in the brain.
  3. Are allergic to aspirin.
  4. Have high blood pressure that isn’t under control.
  5. Have asthma that is made worse by aspirin.

Aspirin should not be taken with many prescription and over-the-counter drugs, vitamins, herbal remedies, and supplements.

references:
1. low-dose-aspirin-therapy-topic-overview
2. study-casts-doubt-on-daily-low-dose-aspirin-for-women-under-65
3. is-low-dose-aspirin-safe-for-you
4. No impact on elevated cardiovascular and stroke risk in Japanese trial.
5. Aspirin: FDA Says ‘No’ Others Say ‘Yes’

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